Details of the 2021/22 Online Composition Academy’s programme will be published shortly.

In September 2020, we were delighted to be able to launch The Purcell School’s first International Online Composition Academy.

The Online Composition Academy delivers a part-time programme of online study for young composers who would like to develop their composition skills and learn to write instrumental pieces and original works for voice. As part of the programme, students are able to work with a composition teacher and instrumentalists on their own music, and explore aspects of technique, notation, instrumental writing and concept development.

Young composers of secondary school age (9-18 years) living in the UK and overseas are eligible to apply.

Programme Information

The Online Composition Academy will run for 3 days at 3 times during the academic year (9 days in total). Applicants who are interviewed and accepted onto the programme will be expected to attend all 9 days.

Dates (2020-2021):
Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th October 2020
Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th February 2021
Monday 12th – Wednesday 14th April 2021

Times: 10.00 a.m. – *6.00/7.00 p.m.
(*this will vary depending upon age of student)

Ages: 9 to 18

Programme Delivery Online

The Composition Academy will be run via Zoom, in accordance with The Purcell School’s Online Safety and Safeguarding Policies.

There will be virtual breakout rooms allocated to each class, and a member of staff available all day to help with questions, logistics and any unexpected problems. There will also be an online Common Room for students from around the world to meet each other, relax and chat during breaks in between classes and workshops.

Young composers who apply and are accepted will be allocated to one of the categories below.

There will be between 4 and 6 students in each group.

Lower School (Students aged 9-12)
Middle School (Students aged 13-15)
Senior School (Students aged 16-18)


Programme Timetable

Programme timeables for all 3 sessions are not yet available. Detailed timetabling for Session 1 is, however, available in the document below.